I don't have anything to "hide" but I would rather prefer to keep my hiring process focused on myself and my resume and not have it distracted by snooping in all kinds of different directions, such as social media (which is what I consider LinkedIn to effectively be). Besides, I haven't really updated my LinkedIn in several years and consider dropping off altogether.
However, a recruiter with whom I'm actively working sent a request to connect and I would prefer to not accept it. I think he's expecting me to before he continues on with the process.
My question is, should I just tell him my profile is not up to date and we should skip that process or is there something better to tell him? I'd like him to continue on without that part of due diligence. I mean, recruitment business went on much before LinkedIn ever existed so surely we can go without it again.